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2122 Campus Dr SE Suite 300
Rochester, Mn 55904 (Map)

Phone: 507-328-2600
Fax: 507-328-2601

Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

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The City of Rochester per Ordinance Chapter 50. Building Code requires Residential Building permits for detached one-and two-family dwellings. This applies to brand-new home construction as well as remodels, additions, and basement finishes of all sizes.  The building permit application process begins with submittal of an application and required documents to the Building Safety Department.  The process also includes review and approval of a Zoning Certificate by the Rochester-Olmsted Planning Department.

In the City of Rochester, homeowners (owner/occupant of a single family home) are required to obtain permits for work they intend to do themselves. The individual who gets the permit is responsible for making sure the work is done in compliance with all regulatory standards. If you are planning a Do-It-Yourself project, below are several handouts with design guidelines and information regarding the steps you will take in obtaining a permit and finishing your project.  If you have additional questions, call the Rochester Building Safety Department.

For Homeowners:
Permit Procedure Information, permit applications, informational brochures, fees, and applicable Code

For Contractors:

Procedure Information, licensingpermit applications, fees, and applicable Code



 2015 Minnesota Building Code Update Power Point presentation from the Lumberyard meetings


 

HOMEOWNER SECTION

How to Apply for a Residential Building Permit for Homeowners

1. Complete and submit a Residential Building Permit to our office. Consult this handout for specifics:

Building Permit Application Procedure Residential Construction

Refer to our Do-It-Yourself handouts and other helpful links for more detail:

  • Basement Finish
  • Cold Weather Guidelines for Masonry and Concrete Construction
  • Decks
  • Electrical for Homeowners
  • Emergency Escape Windows 
  • Garage, detached
  • Plumbing for Homeowners
  • Solar Permit Requirements & Inspections
  • Stair and Landing Requirements 
  • Water Heaters
  •  

    2. Meet with a Plans Examiner and receive an Application number.

    3. Once the Permit is approved, you may begin the work covered by the Permit.

    4. Call our office for the required Inspection(s).

    5. Once approved, the Permit is closed.

    6. Permits may be researched via Citizen Access.

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    Permits


     Residential Building

    This application is to be used for any type of building construction the involves 1 and 2 family dwellings (i.e. new buildings, additions, alterations, basement finishes, decks, etc.)  If any trade work is also being done in conjunction with the carpentry, separate permit(s) must also be applied for.

    Landlords may do carpentry work on their rental properties--however--professional contractors must be hired to do any trade work.

     

     Manufactured Homes

    Trade Permits

    Trade permits are required when any new electrical, mechanical, or plumbing is added to a structure.
    The following are the various trade permits available:

    Demolition Permit

     Electrical Permit

    Fireplace Permit

    Gas Piping Permit 

    Grading Permit

     Hydronic Permit

      Mechanical Permit

    • 2015 Mechanical & Energy Code-Ventilation, Makeup, and Combustion Air Calculations Instructions and Example

       

      Bonding Requirements for CSST


      The manufacturers of CSST (Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing) have added an additional bonding requirement as part of their installation that need to be followed when using their products. For a copy of the alert, click this link "Bonding Requirements for CSST". (Updated 4/2009)

       

       

       

     Plumbing

     

    Signs

    NOTES for sign permits:

     1) A business owner may install their own signs.

    2)   City Sign Contractor's License:  If you engage in the business of sign or outdoor advertising by erecting or maintaining signs within the city, you need to obtain a Sign Contractor's License from the City Clerk's Office, (507) 328-2900.

    2)   Information Required:  Plans and data required for a sign permit are listed on the bottom of the first page of the Sign Permit Application form.  You may put all wall signage on the same building on one application.  Separate sign permits are required for each ground/pylon sign.

    3)   A sign permit is not required if you are only replacing the sign faces.

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    FEES

     

    Residential Building

    Four(4) fees are collected for a residential building permit in Rochester.  The fees are:  building permit, plan review, zoning, and Minnesota state surcharge.  Note:  A Water Reclamation Plant Investment Fee (PIF) may also be charged.  The new home permits will have a PIF fee of $3,000 in 2016.  On new home permits a $5.00 curb cut fee may also be charged.

    Trade Permit Fee Schedule

    There are three(3) fees collected for a trade permit in Rochester.  The fees are:  application, permit, and Minnesota state surcharge.  The permit valuation shall include total value of all construction work, including materials and labor, for which the permit is being issued.

    Grading

    There are three (3) fees collected for a grading permit in Rochester.  The fees included are a grading permit, plan review, and zoning. Fees are based on total number of cubic yards of excavation or fill, whichever is greater.

    Signs

    Three (3) fees are collected for a sign permit in Rochester.  The fees are sign permit, plan review and zoning.  All signs are classified by the Planning Zoning Department as either a business or advertising sign.  The zoning fee due will be either a Business or Advertising sign zoning fee.

    Demolition

    A demolition permit has building and zoning fees.  Note:  There may be a separate charge for a well/septic inspection.  Please call Olmsted County Planning Department at (507) 328-7111 if you have questions.

    Refund of Permit Fees/To Cancel or Void Permit(s)

    Rochester City Ordinance 50.6 states the Building Official must authorize refunding of any fee that was erroneously paid or collected, or if none of the work authorized by the permit has been performed.  The Building Official may not authorize refunding of any permit fee except upon written application filed by the original permittee not later than 180 days after the date of permit issuance.  Plan review fees, IRC footing permit fees and application fees will not be refunded.

    Please complete, sign and return the Request for Refund of Permit Fees form.  (Please note that the $25.00 application fee is nonrefundable.) This form is also used to cancel or void a permit.

     

    Minimum Building Valuation Guidelines
           Residential

    Building

      

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    Building Codes


    The City of Rochester adopted the 2015 MN Residential Code as of January 24, 2015. The Building Safety Department enforces this Code during its Plan Review and Inspection phases of permitted work.

    International Code Council (ICC) presents Building Codes 101 


     What are building codes? Why do we have them? Why can't we just build buildings however we want? These are some of the questions that this webinar set will help you to answer. The regulation of the way buildings are built in the United States is unique, compared to other industries and even other countries. It can be a mystery to those who have not yet actively participated in the process. The YouTube™ webinars below will try to provide the big picture, even for those who have no experience with building codes.

    Building Codes (Part I)
    Building Codes (Part II) 

     


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    INSPECTIONS

    Required Inspections

     The Inspection Division of the Rochester Building Safety Department administers the Minnesota State Building Code by performing the inspections required by the appropriate sections of Chapter 1300.
    Required inspections are typically identified on the permit card, but additional or other inspections may be required to verify code compliance. If you have questions about whether an inspection is required before proceeding, please call the Building Safety Department for clarification.
    Inspection requests are accepted by phone from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM daily by Building Safety staff by calling (507) 328-2600. Requests must be made one day prior to the inspection. Please have your permit number available when calling and requesting inspections to expedite the process. 

    Inspection Scheduling Policy for Residential Building and Trade Projects:

                             
      Address Quadrant Inspection Timing
      NW and SW AM (morning)
      NE and SE PM (afternoon)
             

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      CONTRACTOR SECTION

       

      Residential Building Permit Procedure Brochure

      The building permit application process begins with submittal of an application and required documents to the Building Safety Department.  The process also includes review and approval of a Zoning Certificate by the Rochester-Olmsted Planning Department.

       

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      Permits


       Residential Building

      This application is to be used for any type of building construction the involves 1- and 2- family dwellings (i.e. new buildings, additions, alterations, basement finishes, decks, etc.)  If any trade work is also being done in conjunction with the carpentry, separate permit(s) must also be applied for.

      Landlords may do carpentry work on their rental properties--however--professional contractors must be hired to do any trade work.

       Manufactured Homes

      Trade Permits

      Trade permits are required when any new electrical, mechanical, or plumbing is added to a structure
      The following are the various trade permits available:

      Demolition Permit

       

      Electrical Permit

      Fireplace Permit

      Gas Piping Permit 

       

      Grading Permit

      Hydronic Permit

        Mechanical Permit

      Bonding Requirements for CSST

       The manufacturers of CSST (Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing) have added an additional bonding requirement as part of their installation that need to be followed when using their products. For a copy of the alert, click this link "Bonding Requirements for CSST". (Updated 4/2009)

             

      Plumbing Permit    

       

       Signs

      NOTES for sign permits:

       

      1) A business owner may install their own signs.

      2)   City Sign Contractor's License:  If you engage in the business of sign or outdoor advertising by erecting or maintaining signs within the city, you need to obtain a Sign Contractor's License from the City Clerk's Office, (507) 328-2900.

      2)   Information Required:  Plans and data required for a sign permit are listed on the bottom of the first page of the Sign Permit Application form.  You may put all wall signage on the same building on one application.  Separate sign permits are required for each ground/pylon sign.

      3)   A sign permit is not required if you are only replacing the sign faces.

       

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      FEES

      Residential Building

      Four(4) fees are collected for a residential building permit in Rochester.  The fees are:  building permit, plan review, zoning, and Minnesota state surcharge.  Note:  A Water Reclamation Plant Investment Fee (PIF) may also be charged.  The new home permits will have a PIF fee of $3,000 in 2016.  On new home permits a $5.00 curb cut fee may also be charged.

       

      Trade Permit Fee Schedule

      There are three (3) fees collected for a trade permit in Rochester.  The fees are:  application, permit, and Minnesota state surcharge.  The permit valuation shall include total value of all construction work, including materials and labor, for which the permit is being issued.

       

      Grading

      There are three (3) fees collected for a grading permit in Rochester.  The fees included are a grading permit, plan review, and zoning. Fees are based on total number of cubic yards of excavation or fill, whichever is greater.

       

      Signs

      Three (3) fees are collected for a sign permit in Rochester.  The fees are sign permit, plan review and zoning.  All signs are classified by the Planning Zoning Department as either a business or advertising sign.  The zoning fee due will be either a Business or Advertising sign zoning fee.

       

      Demolition

      A demolition permit has building and zoning fees.  Note:  There may be a separate charge for a well/septic inspection.  Please call Olmsted County Planning Department at (507) 328-7111 if you have questions.

       

      Refund of Permit Fees/To Cancel or Void Permit(s)

      Rochester City Ordinance 50.6 states the Building Official must authorize refunding of any fee that was erroneously paid or collected, or if none of the work authorized by the permit has been performed.  The Building Official may not authorize refunding of any permit fee except upon written application filed by the original permittee not later than 180 days after the date of permit issuance.  Plan review fees, IRC footing permit fees and application fees will not be refunded.

      Please complete, sign and return the Request for Refund of Permit Feesform.  (Please note that the $25.00 application fee is nonrefundable.) This form is also used to cancel or void a permit.

       

      Minimum Building Valuation Guidelines
      Residential

      Building

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      When is a Certificate of Occupancy required?

      A Certificate of Occupancy is required before any new building can be put into use, or before an existing building can be used for a new purpose (e.g., retail space converted to a school).  MN SBC Section 1300.0220. 

       

      What types of Certificates of Occupancy are available?

      PERMANENT  - Issued for a new building or a portion of an existing building that has changed use. 
      This type of certificate is issued when all the work authorized by the construction permits is complete and all required inspections have been completed and approved. 
      Certificate of Occupancies are valid for the life of the structure if no changes are made.

      TEMPORARY  - May be issued to part of a building undergoing phased construction to allow occupancy while the construction continues.
      The building must be safe for non-construction personnel to occupy while the construction proceeds.
      Temporary Certificate of Occupancies have very specific limitations and always include an expiration time-frame.
         

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      INSPECTIONS

      Required Inspections


       

      The Inspection Division of the Rochester Building Safety Department administers the Minnesota State Building Code by performing the inspections required by the appropriate sections of Chapter 1300.
      Required inspections are typically identified on the permit card, but additional or other inspections may be required to verify code compliance. If you have questions about whether an inspection is required before proceeding, please call the Building Safety Department for clarification.
      Inspection requests are accepted by phone from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM daily by Building Safety staff by calling (507) 328-2600. Requests must be made one day prior to the inspection. Please have your permit number available when calling and requesting inspections to expedite the process.

      Inspection Scheduling Policy for Commercial Building and Trade Projects:

                               
        Address Quadrant Inspection Timing
        NW and SW AM (morning)
        NE and SE PM (afternoon)

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        Licensing Requirements

        The City of Rochester Ordinance Chapter 50. General requires Residential Building Contractors to be licensed with the State of Minnesota.

        Contact the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry for more information:        

        Residential Contractor general inquiries and Code information.

        Licensing applications, renewal forms and related documents.

        Contractor License Lookup--to research current permit holders.

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        Building Codes


        The City of Rochester adopted the2015 MN Residential Code as of January 24, 2015. The Building Safety Department enforces this Code during its Plan Review and Inspection phases of permitted work. 

        Rochester City Ordinances:

        CHAPTER 10.  BUILDING SAFETY DEPARTMENT
        CHAPTER 50.  BUILDING CODE
        CHAPTER 51.  PLUMBING
        CHAPTER 52.  ELECTRICAL
        CHAPTER 53.  HEATING, VENTILATING, AND AIR CONDITIONING
        CHAPTER 54.  HEATING, VENTILATING, AND AIR CONDITIONING BOARD OF REVIEW
        CHAPTER 55.  FIRE PREVENTION
        CHAPTER 116. SIGNS

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        Information about the EPA's lead paint rule 


         If Minnesota contractors seek information about the new EPA rule for work on homes and other buildings with lead paint, contact the EPA directly directly at 1-800-621-8431 or online at http://www2.epa.gov/lead.  

        Visit the Minnesota Department of Health's Web site at http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/lead/prof/pre/index.html for information about the Pre-Renovation Education (PRE) Program  and Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule.

         

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